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Afghanistan
2:47 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Pentagon, White House Are At Odds Over Afghanistan

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 6:01 pm

The Pentagon is saying that it needs to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014 to train Afghans and maintain a counterterror mission. But military officials are once again running into interference from Vice President Joe Biden. That's nothing new: Biden in particular has for years pushed for a counterterror option of only several thousand troops, though the military says that number is far too small. The Pentagon argues that Biden's proposal would mean the U.S. forces would be largely consigned to their bases.

Latin America
2:47 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Vigilantes Strike Back Against Mexican Cartels

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 6:01 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

In Mexico, thousands of federal troops remain in dozens of towns in the western state of Michoacan. That's where civilian vigilante groups have emerged in recent months to fight off the Knights Templar cartel. Authorities say they've arrested 38 cartel members, but won't move to disarm the so-called self-defense groups. Heroes to some, gang members to others, these vigilantes are now on the offensive, even taking to social media to spread their message. NPR's Carrie Kahn has the story.

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Middle East
2:47 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

In Syrian Conference, Former Diplomat Hears Echoes Of The Balkans

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 6:01 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

For some people, the juxtaposition of a sectarian civil war unimpeded by intense diplomatic effort has a familiar ring and that ring recalls the war in Bosnia in the early 1990s. Yugoslavia had come undone. The patchwork of Serb, Croat and Muslim populations descended into a bloodletting.

Lord David Owen, the former British foreign secretary, was the European Union's negotiator for the Balkans and he joins us now from London. Welcome to the program once again.

LORD DAVID OWEN: Nice to be here.

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Middle East
2:47 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Syrian Peace Talks Open With Bitterness And A Bit Of Hope

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 6:01 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. The Syrian peace conference got off to a bitter start today with sharply opposing visions over a future role for Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. More than 40 countries sent delegations and many of their speeches struck similar themes decrying the vast human suffering in Syria and calling for a political solution to the crisis.

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Around the Nation
2:47 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Peyton Calls Omaha — And Passes Out Some Free Publicity

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 6:01 pm

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PEYTON MANNING: Omaha. Omaha. Omaha. Omaha.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

We have no idea why Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning has chosen the word Omaha dozens of times to signal plays at the line of scrimmage in the run-up to the Super Bowl, and he's not giving it away.

MANNING: It's a run play, but it could be a pass play...

(LAUGHTER)

MANNING: ...or a play-action pass, depending on a couple of things: the wind, which way we're going, the quarter and the jerseys that we're wearing. So...

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Law
2:47 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

In Child Pornography Cases, Collectors Might Be Charged Too

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 6:01 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

At the Supreme Court today, the justices weighed how to compensate victims of child pornography and who should be liable when thousands of people may have possessed the images. NPR's Carrie Johnson reports.

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The Two-Way
2:37 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Wrestling Fans Mourn Mae Young, 90 — A Pioneer Of The Ring

A still image from a WWE video tribute to Mae Young shows the famed wrestler during the early years of her career. Young died last week in South Carolina.
WWE

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 12:57 pm

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The Checkout: Live
2:37 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Guillermo Klein: Live At Berklee

Guillermo Klein.
Michael Borgida Berklee College of Music

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 1:06 pm

Composer and bandleader Guillermo Klein is known largely for Los Guachos, a large ensemble which draws from Argentine folk forms, the New York jazz talent pool and a postmodern mash-up imagination. His is beguiling music, filled with human voices and off-kilter meter and cutting melody. It's a form he and some of his band first started developing at Berklee College of Music, where he and fellow Argentines learned to apply jazz concepts to the many sounds in their heads.

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Media
2:34 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Does It Matter That Lena Dunham Was Photoshopped By 'Vogue'?

This screen shot shows Jezebel's breakdown of Vogue's photo of actor Lena Dunham.
Jezebel

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 3:42 pm

The latest round in the battle over body image, a dust-up between the upstart online magazine Jezebel and the Conde Nast giant Vogue, may be going to Vogue.

Jezebel accused Vogue of digitally altering images of HBO sensation Lena Dunham, who famously insists on displaying her real, somewhat rounded shoulder and chin on her own show, Girls.

Jezebel jumped on the Vogue covers, which streamlined some of those features. Jezebel offered $10,000 for the un-retouched images.

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
1:06 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Debate: Is The Affordable Care Act Beyond Repair?

Dr. Scott Gottlieb and Megan McArdle face off against Jonathan Chait and Dr. Douglas Kamerow over the Affordable Care Act in a debate moderated by John Donvan in January.
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared US
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The Affordable Care Act had ardent critics and supporters long before last fall's troubled launch of the HealthCare.gov website. Opponents of Obamacare say the law will reduce, not increase, the number of health plans available to Americans and that fewer consumers will be able to afford care than before. And delays in implementation of portions of the ACA, they argue, demonstrate how the Obama administration has been forced to undermine its own law in order to keep it running.

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The Two-Way
12:37 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Warren Buffett's $1 Billion Basketball Bet Is A Very Long Shot

Warren Buffett with Harlem Globetrotter Chris "Handles" Franklin at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting in May 2013.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 2:13 pm

Talk about March Madness:

Billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett and Quicken Loans have teamed up on a "Billion $ Bracket Challenge."

Basically, Quicken is offering a $1 billion grand prize — yes, that's billion, with a B — if someone correctly picks the outcome of all 63 games in the men's Division I college basketball tournament this spring.

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The Two-Way
12:31 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Mexican National Executed In Texas After Supreme Court Denies Appeal

This handout image provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Edgar Tamayo.
AP

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 8:56 pm

Wednesday's execution of a Mexican national in Texas revived a long-running diplomatic row between the United States and its southern neighbor.

Updated at 10:50 p.m. ET: Execution Carried Out

The Associated Press reports:

"A Mexican man has been executed in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment.

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The Two-Way
11:51 am
Wed January 22, 2014

8-Year-Old Dies Trying To Save Relatives From Burning Trailer

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 11:55 am

There's a heartbreaking story coming out of Penfield, N.Y.: An 8-year-old boy died Monday as he was trying to save his uncle and grandfather from a burning trailer.

According to the Democrat & Chronicle, Tyler J. Doohan alerted six people — including two children, ages 4 and 6 — to the fire before he tried to wake up his disabled uncle and grandfather.

The paper reports that the trailer was a place Tyler knew well:

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Planet Money
11:47 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Millions Of People Are Quitting Their Jobs Every Month. That's Good News.

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Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 8:35 am

It might be hard to imagine in this sputtering recovery, but 2.4 million people actually quit their jobs in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's nearly a million more quitters than there were during the darkest months of the recession.

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Beauty Shop
11:46 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Was Wendy Davis Misleading In Her Political Bio?

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 12:41 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we'll hear how one southern town took a new approach to violent crime and is now seeing dramatic results. That's in a few moments. But first, it's time to visit the Beauty Shop. That's where our panel of women commentators and journalists get a fresh cut on the week's hot topics. Sitting in the chairs for the new 'do this week are Connie Schultz.

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Law
11:46 am
Wed January 22, 2014

High Point, NC Police Fight Crime Family Intervention Style

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 12:41 pm

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Health
11:46 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Latino Immigrants Find A Better Life In U.S., Poll Says

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 12:41 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, the compelling personal story of Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis helped raise her national profile. But she now concedes some details of that story might be inaccurate. The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in. That's later.

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Shots - Health News
11:27 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Failing To Get Off The Couch May Contribute To Heart Failure

I'll be what I am, a sedentary man.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 6:12 am

The more we learn about sitting, the more perilous it seems to be.

Flabby muscles, fuzzy thinking and all manner of cardiovascular disease can get started or get worse when we're hanging out on the couch, stuck in traffic or just parked in a chair for too long.

Now there's evidence that heart failure — when your heart becomes too weak to pump enough blood through your arteries — can be brought on by a sedentary lifestyle and also, more generally, a lack of physical activity.

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Author Interviews
11:25 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Skeptic Takes A Tour Of Self-Help's 'Promise Land'

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 1:29 pm

A lot of self-help books have simple formulas. They promise 30 days or 10 easy steps to having thinner thighs, landing a spouse, having a great sex life, starting a new life after divorce, climbing the corporate ladder while dressed for success, and, of course, finding inner peace. And while many swear by the power of their favorite self-help philosophy, there are still a lot of skeptics.

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The Salt
11:24 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Long John Silver's Throws Trans Fats Overboard

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 2:22 pm

Long John Silver's has gained some notoriety in the past for serving up what the food police dubbed the most unhealthful meal in America. (aka heart attack on a hook.)

But the fast-food chain is out to change its reputation. One step in this new direction: a quick transition from partially hydrogenated oils that contain bedeviled trans fats. Today, the chain announced it is moving to a 100 percent soybean oil that is trans-fat free.

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The Two-Way
10:49 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Think You Know Richard Sherman After His 'Rant'? Maybe Not

Richard Sherman off the football field.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 11:37 am

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Parallels
10:32 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Komla Dumor: The African Journalist Who 'Lifted The Continent'

Komla Dumor, who hosted the BBC program Focus on Africa and was perhaps the best-known journalist on the continent, died of a heart attack last Saturday in London at age 41.
BBC World Service/Flickr

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 7:40 pm

Americans probably didn't know the name Komla Dumor unless they were real news junkies. But for Africans, he was a household name for anyone who followed news across the continent.

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The Two-Way
10:20 am
Wed January 22, 2014

New Delhi's 'Agitator' Administrator Ends Unusual Protest

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (center) greets supporters from his blue wagon, which became a de facto local government headquarters during a two-day protest in New Delhi.
Prakash Singh AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 2:56 pm

In New Delhi an unprecedented two-day sit-in that pitted the local government against the national authorities has come to an end following altercations between police and protesters.

Some 30 people were injured during the demonstration that was led by newly elected Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the local administrator who rallied members of his Aam Aadmi Party, named for the "Common Man," against the central government.

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Book Reviews
10:00 am
Wed January 22, 2014

New Mavis Staples Biography Will 'Take You There'

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 7:33 pm

There are vocalists, there are singers and then there are voices — the first aims for the ear, the second for the brain, the third for the heart. A voice turns a composition into an emotional experience. And each time we have that experience, it's the depth of the connection that we remember. Frank Sinatra was a voice. So too were Marvin Gaye, George Jones and Billie Holiday. Aretha Franklin is a voice. So is Bob Dylan. And so is the Staple Singers' Mavis Staples.

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It's All Politics
9:58 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Election Panel Calls For More Early Voting

Voters wait for their chance to cast a ballot in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, Nov. 6, 2012, in New York.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 12:31 pm

A bipartisan presidential commission has endorsed more early voting, expanded online voter registration by the states and the increased use of schools as polling places.

The 10-member panel, appointed by President Obama after his 2013 State of the Union pledge to identify ways to shorten lines at polling places, released its recommendations Wednesday after six months of work.

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The Two-Way
9:38 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Watch: Canadian PM Belts Out 'Hey Jude' During Visit To Israel

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper looks at pictures of Jewish Holocaust victims at the Hall of Names while visiting Yad Vashem on Tuesday.
Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 12:05 pm

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The Salt
9:27 am
Wed January 22, 2014

More Signs A Mediterranean Diet Helps Prevent Cardiovascular Ills

A study found that a Mediterranean diet with extra nuts and olive oil was associated with a lower risk of a cardiovascular condition called peripheral artery disease.
Heather Rousseau NPR

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 12:54 pm

There's fresh evidence that a Mediterranean diet can help cut the risk of atherosclerosis, a disease caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries.

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The Protojournalist
9:15 am
Wed January 22, 2014

As Time Goes By, What Makes A Movie Timeless?

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave. It could become a classic.
Jaap Buitendijk Fox Searchlight Pictures

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 3:54 pm

Awards season is upon us. And on top of us. And all over us with red carpets, acceptance speeches and actor antics.

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The Two-Way
8:49 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Snowden Says Allegations He Received Russian Help Are 'Absurd'

Edward Snowden.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 9:23 am

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden says that when he leaked classified documents about some of the United States' most sensitive surveillance programs, he did so alone and without any help.

In an interview with The New Yorker, Snowden called whispers that he received help from Russia's security service "absurd."

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The Two-Way
8:47 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Hopping Mad: Rabbit In Mandela Statue's Ear Is On Burrowed Time

Look closely and you can see the tiny rabbit that sculptors Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren put inside the ear of their nearly 30-foot-tall statue of late South African President Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 2:23 pm

We don't often do hare-raising tales on The Two-Way, but here's one from South Africa.

Two sculptors who were refused permission to engrave their signatures onto their giant statue of Nelson Mandela came up with a novel solution: They hid a bronze rabbit in the statue's ear.

Our story begins Dec. 16, a day after Mandela's funeral, when President Jacob Zuma unveiled the statue by Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren at Pretoria's Union Buildings, the government's headquarters.

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